One of the benefits of studying in Leicester is the fact that there are numerous accommodation options to choose from. In particular, since beginning university, I’ve seen the range of factors that went into decisions on where to stay , so if you’re looking at accommodation in the near future, here are a few things I’d recommend considering.
1. Consider your budget
I had a max figure of how much I would be able to afford for student accommodation Leicester each month, and I thought of an optimal (lower) number in my head. Knowing the amount you can spend on accommodation helps when considering other factors and weighing options in the future. For example, if you’re happy to stay in a shared space, you might consider getting a twin room as a way to save some money or if you don’t mind walking a bit more (or getting on public transport/cycling…) to campus, then perhaps your trade-off might be staying in accommodation which is a bit further away.
2. Consider the distance
For me, this was an important consideration since I wanted to be within walking distance of certain places that I believed I would likely visit on a regular basis. Alongside determining the distance the property is from the campus, you may also take into consideration the specific location: are you looking to be near certain train lines for example? If you need to live closer to campus or certain services, then this could be an effective method of narrowing down your options of accommodation.
3. Think about the social scene
As a student in the first year I thought about this quite a lot and decided that I would like to reside somewhere which was just social enough my needs (not too social, but an area that allows conversation and making new friends). On the other hand others might prefer living in dormitories where everyone seems to be more independent. It is also important to look at the size of the roomas well as the social aspect that will also be affected by how many students live in the accommodation.
4. Consider the amenities
Different types of accommodation offer different advantages, so determining the best amenities is really an individual choice. If being able to cook the majority or all of your meals sounds appealing, then self-catered halls (or room options) are the best way to go. However, I wanted to have the ability to cook occasionally but not be forced to, so selecting a hall where meals was available on most days was ideal for me. Furthermore certain halls may have ensuite rooms or shared kitchens for smaller flats of a similar size…these are all things I had in mind when choosing my accommodationbasing my decision upon my past experiences or what I wanted to experience.
5. Choose the best type of accommodation
The benefits of being a university student in Leicester is that you have access to plenty of options. There are halls of residence, inter-collegiate ones (useful when you wish to make friends from different universities or want a stronger divide between ‘work’ and ‘home’) or in private accommodations. Begin your search early to give you time to explore the variety of alternatives and evaluate all the factors that matter to you. And hopefully, you will find you the perfect living space!
I wish everyone the best of luck when looking to or actively exploring accommodation. If your like me, and you end up with an efficient plan to find the perfect place, but having it’s a bit of a rush to book I’m sure it will be a great experience!
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